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Travellers cheques

Trusty travellers cheques has long been a favourite for holidaymakers when organising their travel money. Also called an "American Express travellers cheque" for many years, thanks to the issuing company, there is one drawback - fees!

Donít get caught in cheque mate

Travellers cheques, while secure and offering peace of mind are not always the cheapest way of carrying your money overseas. This is because there are a number of charges to take into account.

Commission charges are frequent with travellers cheques and are often as high as 2-3%. Handling fees are also regularly charged and you could even face another charge when you cash your cheque in. Shopping around to get the best deal is crucial.

With travellerís cheques, as with foreign currency exchange, those who think ahead, get ahead. Keep an eye on the exchange rate and look to transfer funds well ahead of time. Some providers may offer free commission, especially for students.

Are travellerís cheques outdated?

Some would argue that debit, credit and prepaid cards, which we will examine later in the guide, have surpassed the travellers cheque. In remote destinations travellers cheques are of no value at all as they can be difficult to cash in. However, they still have their uses elsewhere.

For example in America, dollar cheques are widely accepted as payment and if you need to take a lot of money away with you it is often an advisable move to mix and match cash and cheques. This prevents you from taking huge sums of money that you are not insured for abroad, offering security and peace of mind.

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